Faculty and Staff
I graduated from Greenville High School and received a BS in Education from Florida State University. I began my teaching career in Birmingham, Alabama. I have taught in the public school systems of Madison and Suwannee County. In 1983, I began teaching at Melody Christian Academy, and shortly thereafter became principal. All four of my children graduated from Melody Christian Academy, and each went on to receive a 4-year college degree. My daughter Laura works alongside me in administration and as the athletic director. Her husband Darrin is the pastor of Melody Church. My daughter Leslie was Valedictorian of Florida State University Medical School. She now works at the Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville, FL, where she lives with her husband Michael. My son Frank teaches History, English Honors, and AP classes here at Melody, and lives in Live Oak with his wife, Jess. He is also involved musically in our church. My youngest daughter, Lisa, works as the Community Manager at the American Cancer Society in Panama City, where she lives with her husband Brad. My three grandbabies, Sophia, Isabella, and Darrin Christian, all attend Melody.
I am a native of Suwannee County and a 2006 graduate of Suwannee High School. I received my associate’s degree from North Florida Community College and received a double major in Criminology and Sociology from Florida State University in 2010. After graduation I moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where I studied at Rhema Bible College and completed two years of Biblical Studies. After graduating in 2012, I moved back to Live Oak, where I now work at Melody Christian Academy and coach Suwannee Middle School football. I am also married to the most amazing woman, Katy Yanossy.
For 13 years I had the privilege of teaching at my alma mater. I am a proud graduate of Melody Christian Academy and Oral Roberts University. I am blessed to have all three of my children alattending Melody. I am married to the love of my life, and since our wedding day we have been in full-time ministry together. We love our life, and we are so blessed to live and work where we do.
6th-12th Grade Educational Instructors
AP Coordinator/AP Calculus
I am the AP Calculus teacher and AP coordinator at Melody Christian Academy. I grew up in Suwannee County and later attended Duke University, where I studied math, economics, and history. I continued my studies with graduate coursework in finance, statistics, and real analysis at Duke and at Stanford University. I currently run an educational consulting and tutoring services company, Academic Team. I am very proud of the Advanced Placement program my colleagues and I have built at Melody. In addition to offering 8 highly rigorous, college-level courses ranging from Calculus BC to Comparative Government, we have been able to help the first graduating class of our new AP curriculum to nearly $1 million in offers of federal scholarship aid and academic grants. Since that first year we have helped our students receive over $13 million in scholarships. I look forward to the privilege of serving you and your child with the same level of passion and excellence I strive for with these students.
With a profound love for reading and writing, I attended the University of North Florida where I ardently studied literature and graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in English. It was my love for reading, writing, the formative years, and Jesus combined that brought me to Melody Christian Academy. I love what I do every single day and am so happy to be able to work and worship in the same place--I am blessed!
Frank Davis, Jr.
I graduated from MCA in 2003 and proceeded to obtain an AA from NFCC and a BA in English from Flagler College. The 2016-2017 school year marks my sixth year teaching at MCA. In addition to teaching standard social studies courses, I've had the privilege of teaching several AP courses, including AP U.S. History, AP European History, and AP Literature and Composition. Thanks to a remarkably supportive administration and a cooperative and driven staff, my time here at MCA has been especially fulfilling.
I grew up in Suwannee County and graduated Valedictorian from Suwannee High School in 2004. I then attended the University of Florida (Go Gators!) where I received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology in 2008. Afterwards I attended Santa Fe Community College for additional science courses before attending Florida Gulf Coast University for 2.5 years of graduate-level coursework. I have always been an avid reader, especially in science-fiction and fantasy genres, but will read anything as long as it’s a good read. I’m now back in Live Oak, FL and look forward to helping students succeed in their educational goals and reach their greatest potential.
I started attending MCA during 2006 as a sixth grader. In 2013, I graduated from MCA and pursued a career in Business Management at Clark University. After 4 years at Clark University, I am now returning to MCA as a teacher. My wish is to help students pursue higher education and gain a better understand of the importance of learning.
I have had the privilege of working at Melody Christian Academy for the past five years at both the elementary and high school level, teaching numerous subjects. I have a beautiful 10-year-old daughter who attends MCA as well. I obtained my BA from Saint Leo University in 2003. My daughter and I also attend church and assist in many areas of ministry at Melody Church.
After graduating from Melody Christian Academy, I moved to Oklahoma, where I received an Associate’s Degree in Business from Tulsa Community College and attended Rhema Bible Training College, where I completed two years of biblical studies. I also received my BA in Biblical Studies through Tallahassee Christian College. I have traveled all over the world—Scotland, Paris, Haiti, and the Philippines—to teach and minister the word of God, but I am excited to be back in Live Oak, Florida to teach at Melody, the school that helped shape me into the person I am today.
I have been teaching at Melody Christian Academy for nine years now. I have also worked in the public school system and at North Florida Community College interpreting for two years. I have continued my education through training at St. Augustine for the deaf and the blind.
I have been married for twenty-four years this year and together we have one biological son and one adopted son. Keeping up with two teenage boys keeps my husband and I both on our toes. Family is very important to us and we are blessed by all that God has entrusted to us.
I believe that teaching is a privilege gifted by God and I have been honored to be a part of this gift. I not only enjoy being able to teach young people something that I am passionate about, but I am thankful for the lives that I am able to speak into. My prayer is that when all is said and done they will remember a teacher who not only taught, but truly cared about who they were and where they were going in life!
I worked for a full-time ministry organization that focused on outreach to public schools. After nearly ten years, I decided to pursue law enforcement and earned a degree in criminal justice with a minor in elementary education. I attended NFCC and Saint Leo University and graduated with high honors. I served my local community as a sheriff deputy for nearly two years and began teaching 6th grade. I have been married eighteen years to my wife Heidi and have four children: Dylann, Briana-Lee, Lindsay, and Madison. They all attend school at Melody.
Jacob Pitts graduated from North Florida Community College with his AA. He then spent two years teaching the GED in the prison system. Jacob is originally from Madison, FL but now lives in Suwannee County with his wife Paige and their two dogs, Reggie and Bonnie. In his free time, he enjoys volunteering at church and watching the Green Bay Packers.
I am a proud alumni of Melody Christian Academy. I lead worship in chapel each Tuesday. I am the worship minister at Melody Church and the youth pastor at Spirit and Truth Ministries. I am married to my beautiful wife, Alexis Ross and we are blessed with a daughter, Jayden Aleigh. I am a blessed man!
K5-5th Grade Educational Instructors
Mrs. Townsend has worked in Early Childhood Education for seventeen years. She holds a CDA, a Family Home Child Care License, and Child Care Director credentials. She enjoys being creative in her teaching and thinking outside the box. Mrs. Townsend loves those moments when the "lightbulb" glows in a child's mind and he or she understands a new and exciting concept. She enjoys teaching children the foundations of reading, and training them in choices and behaviors that are pleasing to the Lord. Mrs. Townsend has been married to her husband Mike for 19 years, and all five of her children attend Melody. She is also the pastor's wife at Live Oak First Assembly church, and has a passion for teaching God's Word.
I have been married for 30 years to my wonderful husband, Tony. We have two beautiful children, Brittany and Michaiah. I am a proud grandmother to my grandson, Brady and soon to be granddaughter. I have been teaching at Melody Christian Academy for the past 27 years. I LOVE teaching 1st grade because the children at this age are like little sponges and they love learning. You also never know what they are going to say!!
Mrs. Sue Hurst came to Live Oak in 1979 after graduating from the State University of New York at Cortland with a B.S. in Elementary Education. In 1985, Mrs. Hurst received her Masters in Reading from Florida State University and earned her Reading Endorsement in 2006. Mrs. Hurst previously taught in the Live Oak Public School System for 35 years before retiring in 2014. Mrs. Hurst has been married to her wonderful husband, Leroy, for 36 years. They have two beautiful children, Tyson and Sarah. Mrs. Hurst is excited to be a part of the MCA family!!
I have been married 37 years to my husband, Clifford. We have one amazing daughter, Prell.
After working at the public library for 18 years, I obtained a bachelor’s degree in education and started an 18 year career in public education. I continued higher education by earning a master of guidance degree and a media specialist certification. The highlight of my career was becoming a National Board Certified Teacher. I feel blessed to work in a Christian environment and look forward to bringing an enriching effect on the daily lives of children.
Mr. Townsend has been a teacher for six years. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Practical Theology from Southeastern University, with a minor in Elementary Education. He is also a licensed minister with twenty years of ministry experience, currently serving as the Senior Pastor of Live Oak First Assembly of God. He and his wife of 20 years, Carol Ann, have five children together, all of whom are students at Melody. In his free time, Mr. Townsend enjoys spending time with his family, working with horses, and visiting the mountains.
Born and raised in Live Oak, Florida I am proud to say I graduated from MCA in 1994. After graduation, I attended SFCC, where life happened and I married my sweet husband Bobby. Together we have three boys: Jaxon, Case, and River. After being a stay at home mom for twelve years, I knew I had more to offer. MCA seemed like the perfect fit since that was where my love for kids first began. I absolutely love looking at a child's face and seeing such excitement in their eyes about learning. I live for those little moments.
I have been at Melody for the past 10 years. I am a widow with two wonderful boys, James and Jeremy. My son Jeremy is a graduate of Melody Christian Academy. I attended Lee University, and for the past 20 years I have been working with children. I was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, and after retiring from Publix Supermarket of 23 years, we moved to Live Oak. I initially joined the staff at Melody to keep an eye on my son, but I soon found working here to be so rewarding. Pastor Frank and Mrs. Amanda are the best people one could ever work with and for.
I am a 2002 graduate of Melody Christian Academy. I have been Melody’s School Secretary since 2011. I love my job and the people I work with. We strive for excellence here at Melody and that is something I am proud to be a part of. I am married to a great guy, Dustin, and have four awesome children. All four of my children attend school at MCA. I love being able to be near my children while at work everyday. My family also attends church at Melody. I am so thankful to be a part of such a great church and school.
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